Arts Administration, Arts Outreach and Cultural Journalism

"Having completed my undergraduate degree in Music and English at UCC, the decision to continue my studies at the UCC Music Department was an easy one to make. This programme allowed me to delve deeper into the areas of Popular Musicology and Gender Studies which piqued my interest during my undergraduate years, and also introduced me to new areas of scholarship such as Disability Studies and Critical Editing. This MA offered me the opportunity to work more closely with the Department’s teaching staff, and this broadened my knowledge of the field and helped to develop my critical skills. The seminar-style classes led by these renowned specialists were consistently enjoyable and stimulating. In-class presentation assignments definitely helped me to improve my presentation skills, and gave me the confidence to present on my dissertation topic at academic conferences outside of UCC during the year. I currently work with Cork-based international youth arts company ARTlifeCULTURE. I am Child Recruitment and Registration Manager for the annual summer SING! festival, and am Programme Manager of AiR an Atmospheric Irish Recital, which was featured at Milan World EXPO in October 2015 and was presented at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center on St Patrick's Day 2016. I conduct children’s, youth and outreach choirs in Cork both with ARTlifeCULTURE and independently. I contribute to the music and culture website The Thin Air and to The Evening Echo newspaper. I am eager to further my academic career and I aim to pursue a PhD in Musicology in the coming years."  Eimear Hurley, 2015